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Woman who lost arm to shark in Hawaii dies

22 August 2013, 10:10

Los Angeles - A young German woman who was attacked by a shark and had her right arm bitten off died on Wednesday at a hospital in Hawaii, medics said.

Jana Lutteropp, aged 20, passed away at Maui Memorial Medical Centre after spending days on life support and in critical condition.

She had been snorkeling in murky waters not far from the shore on the island of Maui when she was attacked by a shark last Wednesday.

A hospital spokesperson, Carol Clark, released a statement from Lutteropp's mother and sister, Jutta Lutteropp and Julia Broeske, that said the young woman had fought hard to survive the attack, the Maui News reported.

"However, we are sad to say that she lost her fight today," the statement said.

"Jana was a very beautiful, strong, young woman who was always laughing, and we will forever remember her that way," the mother and sister said in the statement.

It was the seventh shark attack in Hawaiian waters this year, and the fourth in Maui.



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